Sermon Commentary Library

Our weekly sermon commentaries are Lectionary-based, which across its three-year cycle, encompass a vast array of biblical texts. Filter the Sermon Commentary Library to search Scripture texts by book and chapter to find commentary, illustrations, and reflections to spark ideas.

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2 Samuel 7:1-14 Sermon Commentary

Proper 11B

Spoke Too Soon In last week’s Old Testament reading, we had a shocking example of how politicians and public figures can use the Name of the Lord in vain, using it to baptize their causes and leadership.  This week’s text is far more subtle but, in a sense, the transgression against the 3rd commandment remains. …

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Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Sermon Commentary

Proper 11B

At first, these verse selections seem odd; why leave out the feeding of the five thousand-plus? If you’ve looked ahead at the lectionary then you know that the loaves and fishes miracle is next week as we transition to John 6, so what do these handful of verses bring to the fore? There are some…

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Psalm 23 Sermon Commentary

Proper 11B

Lately I have been in a phase of life where green pastures and still waters seem far away.  And though dark-ish valleys have seemed all-too-real, the prospect of being exalted over my foes likewise seems a ways off just now.  Maybe you as a preacher feel this way too.  I have been out of the…

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Ephesians 2:11-22 Sermon Commentary

Proper 11B

If ever there were a text that resonates with life today, it is this ancient word.  In this text Paul answers the burning question at the heart of the immigration debate in America.  What is the right path to full citizenship?  Of course, Paul is not talking about full citizenship in a country; he is…

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2 Samuel 6:1-19 Sermon Commentary

Proper 10B

Comments, Observations and Questions: There is a lot going on in these not-quite-20 verses of King David’s story. The pieces feel disparate but if you sting them together in the right way, you may actually find a somewhat convincing tale of failure —> redemption or sin —> salvation. Why Now? In at least one commentary,…

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Mark 6:14-29 Sermon Commentary

Proper 10B

It’s been a while since the lectionary has included a story about John the Baptist, and here it’s more of a memory than anything else. Herod thinks of John because of the stories coming out about Jesus’s disciples. They’ve just returned from their missionary journey and they displayed a lot of familiar influence. Not only…

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Ephesians 1:3-14 Sermon Commentary

Proper 10B

It’s ironic and sad that predestination is such a contentious issue among some of Jesus’ friends. We sense, after all, that God graciously intends it to be a source of comfort for rather than division among Christians. Thankfully, then, this Sunday’s Epistolary Lesson offers preachers a chance to let the Spirit help us unpack this…

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Psalm 85:8-13 Sermon Commentary

Proper 10B

It could be pretty easy, one supposes, to glide over the concluding verses of Psalm 85 and not take much notice of what they are actually conveying.  This is just how the psalms go, we might think.  The kind of language being employed at the end is nothing terribly unusual.  This is poetry and poetry…

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2 Samuel 5:1-10 Sermon Commentary

Proper 9B

Whose Idea? Something that ties together the two mini-texts within our larger lectionary reading for this week is the idea of Divine-human cooperation. In the first case, we knew long ago (all the way back in 1 Samuel 16) that God had chosen David to serve as the next king of Israel.  But Saul (the…

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